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What Will Our Resurrected Bodies Be Like?

April 25, 2016 5 Comments
What Will Our Resurrected Bodies Be Like?

When I gave a talk recently at the Institute of Catholic Culture on the subject of the Second Coming, I was I asked to describe what our resurrected bodies will be like. Here is an article I wrote a few years back that details some aspects of our resurrected bodies: St Paul writes to the […]

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A Model of Manhood – A Reflection on a Text from St. Paul to Timothy

April 24, 2016 3 Comments
A Model of Manhood – A Reflection on a Text from St. Paul to Timothy

This post is based on a talk I gave to a group of men in Scranton, PA. I preached out of a text from St. Paul to Timothy, whom St. Paul considered a son in the faith: But as for you, O man of God … Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the […]

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The Legacy of Love – A Homily for the 5th Week of Easter

April 24, 2016 2 Comments
The Legacy of Love – A Homily for the 5th Week of Easter

The title of this sermon uses the word legacy, which refers to something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor. Perhaps the most accessible image of this is money. If I receive 100 million dollars from a dying relative, I can use those funds to start living differently. My bills, which now seem […]

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Ingenious in the Passing, Foolish in the Eternal – As Seen in a Commercial

April 22, 2016 2 Comments
Ingenious in the Passing, Foolish in the Eternal – As Seen in a Commercial

We live in times of great ingenuity; we have a lot of smarts. We’ve been to the moon and back. Our computers can do more and more amazing things, even as we are able to make them smaller and smaller. We can see farther than ever into outer space and look more deeply than ever […]

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Wise Men, Flattering, May Deceive Us – A Meditation on an Aria from Judas Maccabeus

April 21, 2016 0 Comments
Wise Men, Flattering, May Deceive Us – A Meditation on an Aria from Judas Maccabeus

Judas Maccabeus was Handel’s most famous oratorio during his lifetime, more popular than the Messiah. There are many wonderful moments in it, especially its bold and brave choruses. Written in 1746, it covers the biblical events of 170–160 B.C., when Judea was ruled by the Seleucids and the people were compelled to worship Zeus. Some […]

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Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! A Meditation on the Stunning Glory of Being Gathered to Christ on the Last Day

April 20, 2016 1 Comment
Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! A Meditation on the Stunning Glory of Being Gathered to Christ on the Last Day

During Eastertide we continue to read from the Book of Revelation and meditate on Jesus as the Lord of history and the Victor over sin and death. As Revelation moves to its conclusion, it points forward to the Parousia (the magnificent second coming of the Lord). We do well to allow our imaginations to be […]

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Five Remedies for Sorrow from St. Thomas Aquinas

April 19, 2016 8 Comments
Five Remedies for Sorrow from St. Thomas Aquinas

Some of you who follow me on Facebook know that I just lost a beloved pet, Daniel, our rectory cat. Losing a pet is not to be equated with losing a spouse, sibling, or friend, but it remains a painful loss. Part of the reason for this, I am convinced, is that we cannot communicate […]

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How Envy is Different from Jealousy and Is a Diabolical Sin

April 18, 2016 11 Comments
How Envy is Different from Jealousy and Is a Diabolical Sin

A short while back, we read from First Samuel at daily Mass and encountered an envious Saul. Upon David’s return from slaying Goliath, the women sing a song praising him. Saul should rejoice with all Israel but instead he is resentful and envies David: Saul was very angry and resentful of the song, for he […]

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